|The US government/corporate media psychological
operations campaign against Haitian president Jean-Bertrand
Aristide has been in full swing for weeks. Aristide has been
portrayed as "fleeing Haiti" "abandoning his
country" and "resigning" his post. Over the past
24 hours, a very different picture has emerged. As we have
reported extensively on Democracy Now!, it is becoming very
clear that Aristide was forced out of Haiti in what can only be
called another U.S. coup; that he was threatened by US officials
and that he was taken to Africa against his will.
Over the weekend, as Aristide's whereabouts were still
unknown, the psy-ops campaign intensified. The New York Times
and other corporate media outlets quoted unnamed "senior
State Department officials" as saying that Aristide was
denied exile in South Africa. In a front page article yesterday,
the Times said President Thabo Mbeki did not want to provoke a
political controversy in South Africa.
Democracy Now! has learned from the South African ambassador
to the United Nations, Dumisani Kumalo, that President Aristide
did not request asylum or exile in South Africa, nor did the
South African government deny him amnesty or exile as alleged by
the US State Department and The New York Times.
- Dumisani Kumalo, is the South African ambassador to
the United Nations.
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